Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport

Airport Code: SZX

 Location: Situated on the east bank of the Zhujiang River estuary, Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport in Bao'an District is about 20 miles (32 kilometers) from downtown.

 Brief Intro: As China's fifth largest airport with a yearly passenger volume of about 40 million, Shenzhen Airport now operates over 150 domestic air routes connecting around 100 cities, including Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Xi'an, Zhangjiajie, Guilin and Sanya. There are international air routes leading to Singapore, Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh, Seoul, Tokyo and so on. Currently, only one terminal building – T3 is in service.

 Passport holders of 53 countries and regions can be granted a visa-free stay of up to 144 hours when taking an international transfer via Bao'an Airport. 
Read details about 144-Hour Visa-Free Transit.

 Note: Passengers who for domestic flights are suggested to arrive at the airport at least 2 hours ahead of the flight time. The boarding gates will be closed 15 minutes before departure. The boarding time of China Southern Airlines, Air China, Shenzhen Airlines, Kunming Airlines and Chongqing Airlines is 30 minutes before departure, and other airlines are 40-45 minutes before departure.

Air Navigation Cities

(listed in alphabetical order)
 Domestic Cities: Beijing, Bijie, Baotou, Changchun, Changsha, Changde, Chengdu, Chongqing, Changzhou, Chizhou, Dandong, Dali, Dalian, Dadong, Fuzhou, Fuyang, Ganzhou, Guilin, Guiyang, Guangyuan, Harbin, Haikou, Hangzhou, Hefei, Huangshan, Hohhot, Handan, Jinan, Jinjiang, Jingdezhen, Kunming, Kiamusze, Kashgar, Lhasa, Lijiang, Liuzhou, Luoyang, Lanzhou, Linyi, Lianyungang, Mianyang, Ningbo, Nanchong, Nanchang, Nanjing, Nanning, Nanyang, Nantong, Panzhihua, Qingdao, Qinhuangdao, Quzhou, Sanya, Shanghai, Shenyang, Shijiazhuang, Taiyuan, Tianjin, Tsitsihar, Urumchi, Wenzhou, Wuyishan, Wuhan, Wuxi, Weifang, Xiamen, Xi'an, Xining, Xuzhou, Yancheng, Yantai, Yichang, Yibin, Yinchuan, Yiwu, Yichun, Zhengzhou, Zhangjiajie, Zunyi, Zhangjiakou and Zhoushan.

 International Cities: Bangkok, Seoul, Tokyo, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Rome, Vancouver, Auckland, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Phnom Penh, Tehran, Milan ...

Enquiry Counter in Shenzhen Airport
Enquiry Counter

Terminal Building

The terminal building (T3) has a main hall and two side halls. The main hall contains check-in counters, security check, luggage services, and waiting halls. The south section of the main hall is connected to the Ground Transportation Center, with airport shuttle buses, subway line 11, city buses (including bus no. M416) and taxi. Passengers can also take long-distance buses to Guangdong and cross-border coaches to Hong Kong and Macau.

 Terminal Layout
 4F: Check-in Counters, Domestic Departure Hall
3F: Inspection & Quarantine, Exit Frontier Inspection for International Flights, and Waiting Hall;
 2F: Arrival Hall for Domestic Flights & Luggage Claim of Domestic Flights;
 1F: Luggage Claim & Arrival of International Flights, and Waiting Hall.

  Check-in Areas for Airlines
  Note: All the check-in Areas are on the fourth floor of T3.
 Area A&B: Domestic flights of Southern Airlines;
 Area C: Hainan, Sichuan Airlines
 Area D & E: International flights of Shenzhen Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Air China
 Area F: China Eastern
 Area G & H: Domestic flights of Shenzhen Airlines and Air China.

Information Board
Information Board
Direction Board
Direction Board

Airport Transportation

All long-distance buses for Hong Kong, Macau and nearby cities like Guangzhou, Zhongshan and Huizhou can be taken from the Ground Traffic Center. Ferries to Hong Kong and Macau are available from Fuyong Port, to which shuttle buses from T3 are frequently scheduled. Passengers who want to take the Metro Line 11 (Airport Line) can get off at Airport Metro Station and walk to T3 in 3 minutes. 
 Shuttle buses to Shenzhen downtown area
 Airport Transport to Nearby Cities in Guangdong
 Airport Transport to Hong Kong / Macau

Bao'an Airport (SZX) - Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) Link

This link offers special ferry services and bus services for passengers proceeding to HKIA . Passengers can check in for their Hong Kong flights at Fuyong Port near SZX. Special buses are also provided to take passengers directly to HKIA. 

Ferry Services

With a flight ticket of HKIA, passengers can take Fuyong Port - Sky Pier ferry and passengers of some airlines enjoy upstream check-in service and Baggage Tag-Through Service at Fuyong Port. Passengers only need to go through immigration and customs formalities once during the journey. 

Steps to take the ferry:
 At SZX, take a free shuttle bus at the Ground Transportation Center to Fuyong Port by showing your flight ticket of HKIA to the staff.
 Buy a ferry ticket (Your flight information is needed.)
 Go through the clearance and board the ferry.
 Upon arrival at Sky Pier, reclaim baggage and check in with your airlines. Passengers enjoy upstream check-in and Baggage Tag-Trough services can go directly to the security checkpoint of Sky Pier.

Here are the lists of airlines providing upstream check-in and Baggage Tag-Through services.

 Upstream Check-in Service
China Airlines (CI), Hong Kong Express (UO), Mandarin Airlines (AE), Hong Kong Airlines (HX), EVA Air (BR), Japan Airlines (JL),  Garuda Indonesia Airlines (GA), All Nippon Airways (NH), Air Japan (NQ), Singapore Airlines (SIA), Cathay Pacific Airways (CX), Great Bay Airlines (HB), Lanmei Airlines (LQ), Mandarin Airlines (AE), Singapore Airlines (SQ)

 Baggage Tag-Through Service
The airlines' baggage tag-through service at Fuyong Port directly sends luggage to your first destination. Your boarding pass can be get at Skypier of HKIA. Airlines listed below offer the baggage service:
China Airlines (CI), Cathay Pacific Airways (CX), Air New Zealand (NZ), Air China (CA), VA Airways (BR), Japan Airlines (JL), Hong Kong Express (UO), Hong Kong Airlines (HX), Mandarin Airlines (AE), Jeju Air (7C), Asiana Airlines (OZ), China Southern Airlines (CZ), Garuda Indonesia (GA), Juneyao Airlines (HO), Greater Bay Airlines (HB), Air Canada (AC), Fiji Air (FJ), Air India (AI), EL AL Israel Airlines (LY), Mongolian Airlines (OM), Air Astana (KC), Philipine Airlines (PR), Qatar Airways (QR), Emirates (EK), Thal Airways (TG), Jetstar Japan (GK), Etihad Airways (EY), Myanmar National Airlines (UB), Malindo Air (OD), Lanmei Airlines (LQ), Shangdong Airlines (SC), Air France (AF), KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KL), Thal Smile Airways (WE), Qantas Airways (QF), VietJet Air (VJ), Philipines AirAsia (Z2), Ethiopian Airlines (ET), Thal AirAsia (FD)

 Note: Some airlines' services may be canceled due to some special reasons, so passengers are suggested to double-check with airlines before departure.

Bus Services

 Service Counters at SZX
Counter 2H-09-4 on Level 2 of Arrivals Hall (09:00 - 21:00)
Gate-16, 2/F, Ground Transportation Center, T3,  HongKong Express/Shenzhen - HongKong Airports Link Passenger Lounge (08:00 - 23:30)
 Interval: 30 minutes
For detailed information, passengers can contact the staff at the service counter.

 Further Reading:
Shenzhen to Hong Kong Airport
Hong Kong Airport to Shenzhen
Ultimate Guide to 15 Shenzhen Ports

Service & Facilities

 Lost and Found Office
Location: near the end of Island A in the Departure Hall, 4F
Hotline: +86 0755 - 23456789
Service Hours: 7*24h

 Left Luggage Service
Location: near the end of Island A in the Departure Hall, 4F
Hotline: (+86)0755-23456789
Service Hours: 7*24h

Shenzhen Airport Cafe Business Center: It provides the services of fax, copying & printing, mail receiving & sending and ticket booking.
Location: Departure Hall on Fourth Floor (behind Check-in Area A)
Service Hours: 7*24h

 Currency Exchange Service
Travelex: 1H-01-01, 4R-03-09
YunForex: 4L-03-08
United Money: 3R-02-02

 Nursing Rooms: beside the washing rooms

 Medical Center: behind the China Southern Pearl Club, 3F; on the east side of the Arrival Hall, 2F

 Parking: The parking lot is located in the Ground Traffic Center. The charge is CNY10 for the first hour, and CNY1.5 for every 30 minutes thereafter. The maximum fee is CNY60 within 24 hours. It is free within 15 minutes.

- Last updated on Dec. 11, 2023 by Gabby Li -
Questions & Answers on Shenzhen Bao\an International Airport
Asked by Nhung from VIETNAM | Jan. 12, 2024 07:33Reply
Tranzit in Shenzen
I am flying from London to HCMC with 6 hours stopover in Shenzen. Both flights with Shenzen Airlines. Will my luggage go all the way to HCMC or do I have to pick it up and re check again in Shenzen?
Answers (1)
Answered by Jessica | Jan. 15, 2024 00:24

Generally, you don't have to pick up your luggage. However, it is better confirm again with the air company at the counter.
Asked by H CHeong from SINGAPORE | Jan. 08, 2024 22:48Reply
Zhuhai to Shenzhen airport
My domestic flight leaves Shenzhen airport at 10am. I will be in Zhuhai. I think the earliest ferry from Zhuhai port to Shenzhen Airport ferry terminal is at 8.50am. How long is it from Shenzhen ferry terminal to the airport departure hall? And can I make it time to catch the 10am flight?
Answers (1)
Answered by Molly | Jan. 10, 2024 00:16

I'm afraid the earliest ferry departing from Zhuhai Jiuzhou Port to Shenzhen Airport Terminal is at 10:40 and the ferry arrives at the airport at 11:50. So it is better to change your transport way to reach the airport.
Asked by vlee from CANADA | Dec. 10, 2023 17:08Reply
how to travel from HK to Shen Zhen with luggages
I am travelling from Hong Kong to Shen Zhen airport one day early so I can catch flight the next day to go to Harbin from Shen Zhen. Please advice how can I do it and where to stay in Shen Zhen to catch the flight to Harbin.
Answers (1)
Answered by Jessica | Dec. 11, 2023 19:21

It is suggested to take a high speed train or take a ferry directly from HK China Ferry Terminal to the airport. You can book ferry tickets in advance on the official website of Chu Kong Passenger Transport Company Limited. You can choose to stay in the hotel in the Shenzhen Airport.
Asked by Ilayda from TURKEY | Oct. 16, 2023 13:38Reply
Visa Requirement

Hello, I have Turkish passport and I’m flying from Frankfurt to Taiwan via Bao'an with 10 hours layover. Do I need a visa?
Answers (1)
Answered by Daisy | Oct. 17, 2023 01:17

Generally, you are covered by 24-hour visa-free transit.
Asked by Nguyen from VIETNAM | Sep. 26, 2023 09:31Reply
Hello, I am flying from Frankfurt to Hanoi via Bao'an (17 hours layover). Do I need a transit visa?
Answers (1)
Answered by Hailey | Sep. 26, 2023 19:55

NO, you are eligible for the 24-hour visa-free transit.
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